The world is mostly silent about persecution of Christians

Image credit: Edel Rodriquez

Image credit: Edel Rodriquez

In an excellent New York Times OP-ED by Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, the case is made for an end to the world’s silence and “indifference” regarding the persecution of Christians-even the UN seems mostly mum on the subject.

WHY is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa? In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza. The United Nations has held inquiries and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference.

The Middle East and parts of central Africa are losing entire Christian communities that have lived in peace for centuries. The terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped and killed hundreds of Christians this year — ravaging the predominantly Christian town of Gwoza, in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, two weeks ago. Half a million Christian Arabs have been driven out of Syria during the three-plus years of civil war there. Christians have been persecuted and killed in countries from Lebanon to Sudan.

Historians may look back at this period and wonder if people had lost their bearings. Few reporters have traveled to Iraq to bear witness to the Nazi-like wave of terror that is rolling across that country. The United Nations has been mostly mum. World leaders seem to be consumed with other matters in this strange summer of 2014. There are no flotillas traveling to Syria or Iraq. And the beautiful celebrities and aging rock stars — why doesn’t the slaughter of Christians seem to activate their social antennas?

Read the whole OP-ED here.

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I am, among other things, a sojourner, a sinner-saint, a baptized, life-long learner and follower of Jesus, and Lutheran pastor. Dim Lamp: dimlamp.wordpress.com gwh photos: gwhphotos.wordpress.com

3 Responses to The world is mostly silent about persecution of Christians

  1. Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and Syria. World Powers are weary with intervention (i.e. America) and want to avoid, at any cost, putting troops on the ground. An Islamic terrorist backlash as a kind of bogey man also put off the would-be powers -and this at a time when First World nations are slamming shut the doors on Third World countries and labeling any from the poorer countries asylum seekers. It’s a potent mix.

  2. dimlamp says:

    The First World faces many challenges right now. There are a host of questions with no easy answers. The growing anti-Semitism and anti-Christian sentiment from the Western media doesn’t help matters. How to deal with the radical propagandization of a growing number of Western citizens definitely needs to be addressed in more effective ways.

  3. some poignant – and relevant wonderings…

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